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The Cruise: Return to the Mediterranean

  • Episode: 

    5 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 08 Feb 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 06 2018 : Sat 03 Feb - Fri 09 Feb
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Episode 5
In the fifth episode, it’s turnaround day and Royal Princess is docked in Europe’s busiest cruise terminal, Barcelona. Along with four thousand new passengers, the crew must load 120 tonnes of food and drink aboard for the next week-long cruise around the Med. 
Executive chef David discovers he has far too much of one ingredient and needs to get very creative with his menus to use it all up before it spoils. It’s tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and supper until they have made inroads into their red mountain.
Meanwhile in the engineering department the staff face a variety of challenges - engineer Gaetano discovers an oil leak in the crucial lifeboat winch which can only be mended while in port and they don’t have long. Downstairs in the ship’s own vital desalination plant which turns sea water into drinking water, engineer Vladimir is on borrowed time to clean out its huge sea chest filters. The ship can’t sail until the bridge has been given the all-clear that both jobs have been successfully completed.
Once at sea, the captain makes a detour to take the ship into international waters so passenger Penny can fulfil the dying wish of her seafaring husband by scattering his ashes from the ship.
A forecast of windy weather means Captain Nick Nash warns passengers over the tannoy, saying: “Using the words of the immortal Bette Davis - fasten your seat belt boys, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
And onshore excursions agent Timothy once again proves he has one of the most enviable jobs in the cruise industry as he escorts passengers to a vineyard in Naples and gets to show off his knowledge of one of his specialist subjects - wine.